...everyone aboard, including steerage passengers, (but excepting boiler room crew, the Marconi operator and the captain), had been ordered early-on to go as far astern as possible? This might have lifted the bow, and stalled progressive flooding of the first 4 compartments and the critical 5th compartment. I realize that no quick answers may be possible.
So that answers can be compared, please consider 150 lbs to be the average weight of every child and adult, and a "packing density" of one adult per 2 square feet (wearing life vests). You may need to access published blueprints of the ship, but I don't know how.
Footnote: I just saw Titanic 3D. A worthwhile 3 1/2 hour experience, but bring earplugs and snacks. It shows the value of 3D for ordinary scenes. If there is no IMAX theater near you, see it again in the 2D version, also showing.
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